T-Mobile has turned on its faster wideband LTE network in New York City, meeting its end-of-the-year goal of 27 total major markets covered, the carrier announced on Monday.
T-Mobile US Inc. 's wideband LTE refers to the 15 x 15MHz LTE channels that pair 700MHz spectrum with the AWS spectrum that it's been turning on across the country. It started the rollout in June with 15 initial markets and now says it has covered 27 major areas, or 120 metros across the US. The full list of markets can be found here. (See T-Mobile Talks Up LTE as Legere Apologizes for Outburst, T-Mobile Brings Wideband LTE to San Diego and T-Mobile Launches Wideband LTE in Boston.)
Specifically, in NYC, T-Mobile's wideband LTE now reaches all of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and northern New Jersey, with plans to turn on central New Jersey and Westchester County soon. T-Mobile is promising up to 50% faster peak speeds on wideband LTE versus its standard LTE network and says its customers in NYC have reported peak download speeds of 100 Mbit/s with averages of 22.2 Mbit/s. (See T-Mobile Customers Use the Most LTE Data.)
It's been a busy year for the self-proclaimed "uncarrier," and it's not slowing down before the new year. T-Mobile's eighth wave of announcements designed to undercut the competition on price and/or shake up the way things are traditionally done in the wireless industry is scheduled for Tuesday morning. Unlike with past events, there weren't many hints about the subject of this round of changes, only promises that it will be one of its biggest yet. Uncarrier 8.0 will be announced via webcast tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. EST.
In the meantime, catch up on T-Mobile's past uncarrier announcements below.
- Uncarrier 1.0: getting rid of the contract (See T-Mobile Kills Contracts, Launches LTE Network.)
- Uncarrier 2.0: implementation of JUMP plans with the ability to upgrade devices twice a year (See T-Mobile: Might As Well JUMP.)
- Uncarrier 3.0: allowing free unlimited data in 100 countries across the globe (See Bills Don't Lie: T-Mobile Drops International Roaming Charges.)
- Uncarrier 4.0: 200MB of free 4G LTE tablet data (See T-Mobile Zeros In on Tablets.)
- Uncarrier 5.0: beginning its wideband LTE and voice-over-LTE expansion and offering iPhone test drives (See T-Mobile: You, Seven Nights & the Music.)
- Uncarrier 6.0: the launch of Music Freedom in which popular streaming music services are not counted against data plans (See T-Mobile Offers 14 Streaming Music Apps Data-Free and Music to My Mobile.)
- Uncarrier 7.0: WiFi upgrades, including WiFi calling on all its new smartphones and a partnership with Gogo for in-flight WiFi (See T-Mobile Turns Up VoLTE-to-WiFi Handoff.)
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading